Veena V started her radio career at the age of 15. She was picked to be one of the last 22 contestants out of thousands in the London’s 95.8 Capital FM’s radio star competition, where the winner was given the opportunity to present their own show on the station to over a million listeners. Unfortunately, she didn’t win but it made her even more determined to break into the radio industry.
At 16, Veena started a work experience placement at Oxford’s 107.9FM. The tea making paid off, as Veena was offered to present the 1-6am slot. Her talents were quickly recognised and her dreams came true when she was given her very own show 6 days a week. She worked her way up and was soon presenting and producing peak time shows at the weekend.
At 17, Veena featured in a national book called Money Money Money, which highlighted the fact that Veena was at college studying for A Level Law, English Language & Literature and Business Studies whilst presenting on local radio and having a part time job; a very busy schedule for a teenager.
Just after Veena turned 18, she achieved grades A, A and B in her A Level results. Having postponed going to university, she wanted to further her radio career by moving to a London based station. Though people doubted her she was determined to succeed. A demo was sent to Club Asia Radio, within 24 hours she was called in for an interview.
Since joining Club Asia, Veena V has become one of the most well know Asian personalities on radio. Listeners describe Veena as a breathe of fresh air and their role model. The ” Veena V, 7-10pm” show turned into a must listen and she became known for exposing unsigned talent and breaking new music.
She has grilled some of the biggest music acts in the world including artists like Nicole Scherzinger, Imran Khan, The Gym Class Heroes, Jay Sean, to name but a few. Her 2007 Q2 RAJAR (radio results) figures were 107,000 listeners, which beat the Breakfast Show figures, unusual in the radio industry. After leaving Club Asia, she went on to help launch a new radio station in the West Midlands called Asian FX, she also presented and produced their Breakfast show. Veena also presented for several TV channels, which included filming a pilot in Liverpool for Hollyoaks.
Later that year in November 2008, Veena won “Best Radio Presenter” at the Channel 4 (4 talent) awards. At 21, she was the youngest winner and also only female to be nominated in her category.
In 2009, Veena then joined Wedding TV Asia to host their flagship programme `The Shaadi Show`. It was her first major TV Presenting role and saw her visit some of the best wedding venues in the UK. Wasn’t bad for her first stint in TV land as she also got to film a show in the Bahamas!
Scott Muller, the Ex – Programme Director of Capital FM -
‘It’s extremely rare to hear someone as unique and original as Veena V, she definitely has a big future ahead of her’
Credits (2010 – present)
MOBO Awards – Presenter and feature writer
BBC Essex – Cover presenter for BBC Introducing
Host of Diwali On The Square to 30,000 people in Trafalgar Square
Virgin – Feature writer for Virgin Red Room
MTV The Wrap Up – Blogger
The Guestlist Network – Presenter
Host of ‘Young, Dreaming & Driven’ event at Channel 4. Part of Global Entrepreneurship Week.
Finalist to be new presenter of M&S TV (Marks and Spencer)
Presenter & Producer Buzz Asia Radio
Wedding TV – The Shaadi Show
Brit Asia TV – Hooked Up
Other Credits – Includes One off shows (2006 – 2010)
MTV’s Sex Degrees of Separation
Radio 1 / 1xtra ‘Who’s the Daddy’ documentary
Asian FX – Breakfast Show Presenter
Kiss 105 – Breakfast Co Presenter freelance
Club Asia – Evening Presenter, Drive-time cover Presenter, Programme Assistant
Oxford’s FM (Formerly known as Passion)
Hollyoaks TV Pilot
Brit Asia TV
6TV (Oxford Channel)
Eastern Eye Newspaper
Hammersmith Palais – Main host of Charity Fashion show to raise money for the British Heart Foundation
East London Mela
Hammersmith Apollo – Co-host of a large Asian music event